These statistics are based on quarterly data submitted to the Planning Permit Activity Reporting System (PPARS) by 80 Victorian responsible authorities.

Note that as of publication, 87.5% of responsible authorities had submitted the Q2 2018-19 data. It does not contain data from Central Goldfields, Darebin, Hepburn, Horsham, Maribyrnong, Mount Alexander, West Wimmera, Wodonga and Yarriambiack.

The availability of Ministerial Data:

Due to an unresolved technical issue with internal DELWP systems, the PPARS quarterly report data does not currently include any applications or decisions made by the Minister for Planning during the Q2 2018-19.

This report covers planning permit activity for the state. The data is aggregated and consistently presented at four levels:

  • statewide activity
  • activity in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria
  • activity across six sub-regions, including three metropolitan groups and three regional groupings
  • individual planning scheme activity.

Planning Permit Activity Report

The Planning Permit Activity Report presents four levels of data, a list of the planning schemes that comprise each level of reporting can be viewed here (PDF, 266.2 KB).

Statewide planning permit activity

The permit activity occurring within each local government area is aggregated to provide a statewide summary position.

Statewide report

Planning permit activity by metropolitan and rural Victoria

Information is aggregated to provide a perspective on metropolitan Melbourne and rural/regional Victoria.

Planning permit activity by subgroup

Compare three metropolitan and three rural subgroups that have similar planning activity or geography.

Planning permit activity by municipality

The level, nature and scale of activity varies across the many municipalities in the state, reflecting different locational, social, economic, environmental and historical situations.

Overview of Planning Permit Activity in Victoria in Q2 2018-19

  • The number of applications received by responsible authorities was 13,172, a decrease of 5% on last quarter.
  • The number of decisions made on applications was 13,858, an increase of 1% on last quarter.
  • Planning permits were issued for an estimated $9.2 billion in estimated cost of works.
  • 63% of non-VicSmart applications were decided within sixty days, a decrease of 3% on last quarter.
  • 470 applications were determined at VCAT.
  • 19% of permits issued involved a change in land use; the majority of these to a Residential use.

List of planning schemes included in regions and subregions (PDF, 266.2 KB)

Dwelling related activity across Victoria

The following table identifies permit applications that relate to residential use:

Region or subgroup Total dwelling permits issued Q2 2017-18 Total dwelling permits issued Q2 2018-19 Percentage of total permits issued Permits for one dwelling Permits for multiple dwellings Net gain of new dwellings Total permits issued
Metropolitan region6436625075%622184681198384
Inner and middle urban 3985377478%163117554824816
Outer urban 1736167076%27444914852199
Growth areas 71580659%18522211521369
Rural Region2024218462%68917915743520
Regional city LGAs 71182562%2031177681339
Small and medium regional 65061756%241162701098

Application activity across Victoria

The following table tracks applications received and decided for this quarter and the previous years quarter:

Region or subgroup Applications received Q2 2017-18 Applications received Q2 2018-19 % Change Applications decided Q2 2017-18 Applications decided Q2 2018-19 % Change
Metropolitan region102629369-9%102049948-3%
Inner and middle urban 61105358-12%59715659-5
Outer urban 27682594-6%27522674-3%
Growth areas 138414172%148116159%
Rural Region39433800-4%39443910-1%
Peri-Urban 112411240121212473%
Regional city LGAs 151215140140714684%
Small and medium regional 13071162-11%13251195-10%

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Page last updated: 12/02/19